Personal Stories

On getting a tattoo ... in Prague

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Cut back to last August. I’ve just vacated my apartment, given away or packed up all of my possessions, broke up with my boyfriend, and flown to Prague to begin what would become a 9 month stint abroad. The reality of things is that I was heartsick, homesick, and feeling existentially confused about why the hell I was doing this whole thing anyway. I phoned [...]

Stories on South East Asia: mini-tour through Germany

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5 years ago I first discovered South East Asia. I got a tan in Thailand, got flooded in Vietnam and stuck in the mudd in Cambodia. I enjoyed every day and so it is my great pleasure that for the next 4 days, starting today, I get to share some of my experiences with people during Info-evenings organized by STA TRAVEL who have kindly invited me to show some o[...]

A brief tale of romance and the world

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Flings, one-night stands, impulsive kisses, seductive enticing, flirty encounters, call them what you want, but romance is bound to be on the cards during trips, especially when they are far-flung and over extended periods of time. I was well aware of the ‘sleep around/kiss anything that breathes’ theme of backpacking before I left England, but as a ‘dignifi[...]

"28 things I wish I'd known before I started traveling": Advice from the Experts

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I have kept this article in my bookmarks bar for a long time and finally realized what a good idea it would be to share with my fellow Travelettes! Chris Guillebeau writes about "28 things I wish I'd know before I started traveling". He covers a bunch of topics from healthcare to transport to politics and mentions most of the basic tips I could possibly t[...]

Once a traveler, always a traveler

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So… you return from a massive adventure around the world where you lived on exotic beaches, drank cheap whiskey by the (literal) bucket loads, and explored new exciting cities, meeting and greeting new faces constantly. Then you return to a cold and miserable British summer where unemployment is sky high and you need to search under the sofa cushions just to[...]

One night of Romance in the Carribbean

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Another day at the Caribbean Sea came to an end. Freshly showered I positioned myself in one of the comfortable hammocks of our hostel among the many palm trees. A fresh breeze of wind was blowing, perfectly complementing the weather after a very hot day at the beach. It didn´t take long until I fell asleep. When I woke up, it was through the sweet me[...]

School + Job = ...Travel?

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We here at Travelettes recently received a letter from a future-world traveler asking one of the most reasonable questions of them all: Where do you get the time and money to travel when working, studying, or both? As I can only type (facts) from my own experiences I will try to answer this question to the best of my ability. Sometimes I look back and a[...]

Studying abroad: Parties, culture and languages

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5 years ago I made the choice to go abroad alone for the first time. Yes, I was going to be an Erasmus student (for the non-Europeans among us: exchange program initiated by the EU). The impression most have (including me) is that Erasmus students are on a semester or two long vacation with a minimum of effort studywise and a whole lot of partying with other[...]

Take my Breath away: Climbing HALF-EVEREST

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My friend Julie and I are currently volunteering for a fair trade women weaving association, which is located in Quetzaltenago (Guatemala). As we have our weekends off, we always plan some trips. Guatemala is known for its volcanoes, that´s why we decided to climb up a volcano - so why not start with the highest in Guatemala and all Central America? Yes why [...]

When the drugs don't work

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Picture this: You’re backpacking alone in a tropical exotic country, far far away from home with all its comforts, amidst language barriers that are amusingly out in full force, travelling with companions randomly met on your journey… then you wake up at 2am throwing up last nights stir-fried chicken and vegetables with a fever and feeling like you’ve been f[...]

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